News Archive

17 November 2015

ARK Beef Boxes are now available to order.  The Beef is slow grown and will contain a variety of cuts prepared by Andrews Butchers of Marlborough.  They will be available in the New Year. 
[Read more]
06 November 2015

Work to install the new water pipeline is well under way. 

On 12 October 2015 Thames Water issued the following statement:

Progress for delivery of the scheme remains on track. Pipeline design has been completed and contract for this component of the works has recently been awarded with initial site work already started within the Honda factory site. Geophysical surveying is currently ongoing which is required to mitigate archeological impact along the route. This was agreed to be undertaken as part of the EIA screening assessment and is expected to be complete by mid-October. There are various phases of pipeline construction that will start in October and November with the pipeline programme to be completed in August 2016. Pumping stations and tunnel under rail construction will overlap with main pipeline and be completed September 2016. Commissioning will then be undertaken and completed by December 2016

Working on the pipeline

Map of the pipeline

05 October 2015
Work starts today (5th of October) in Mildenhall to replace thousands of tonnes of gravel that was dredged from the River Kennet during the 1970's. 

This is just one phase of a bigger project to improve river habitat through the beautiful village of Mildenhall (Minal).  

You can find out more here on the Kennet Catchment website

The River Kennet at Minal
05 October 2015
We are delighted to have launched two new yet easy ways for people to easily donate to ARK and enable us to continue our projects. 

Now you can support ARK by JustTextGiving on your mobile phone or via Easyfundraising (which won't cost you a penny!). 

Do you shop online?

If so you can raise funds for ARK while you shop. Just follow this link to our easyfundraising page and register as a supporter of ARK. Then, when you shop, the retailer will donate a percentage of your total spend to ARK. Simple! And it won't cost you a penny.  Happy shopping! 


For those wishing to donate a specific amount to ARK we are now delighted to be able to accept donations via Text.  

Simply text ARKK01 £1 (or £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070. 

Texts are charged at your mobile phone operator's standard rate and the charity will receive 100% of  your donation.  You must be 16 or over and have the bill payer's permission.  Full terms and conditions can be found on the JustTextGiving page here. 
10 June 2015
Marlborough in Bloom. Would you like to help the Kennet look it's best for Marlborough in Bloom? ARK project officer Anna Forbes is running two volunteer litter picking sessions on the 1st and the 11th at July (both 2pm starts)  [Read more]
30 April 2015
Water Vole Training.   On Saturday the 2nd of May we ran a training course for volunteers to learn how to survey for Water Vole along the Kennet.  For full details of the training click here.  [Read more]
30 April 2015
The ARK Summer 2015 River Walk has been set for the 5th of July.   [Read more]
05 March 2015
The date for the Spring River Walk has been set for Sunday 15th March 2015.  For full details see our events page and check out our flyer. 
05 March 2015
Free Soil Health Workshop for Farmers and Land Managers.  The Southern Streams Project is a joint venture between Action for the River Kennet (ARK) and Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF).  They have put together a free workshop for Farmers and Land Managers on the 19th of March.  For full information click here
20 January 2015
Before the end of March 2015 - take the Save Our Waters survey to consult on how we use and treat our UK Waterways. Blueprint for Water is asking people which stream, river, pond or landscape matters to them and urging them to tell the Environment Agency about it via Blueprint for Water’s Save Our Waters website.  Make your voice heard, complete the survey now.